ACTION OF MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS,
IN FAVOR OF THE
Introduction of Homceopathy into the Army and Navy.
I. Massachusetts Horn. Med. Society.
The following statement and resolution were unanimously
adopted at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts State Homoeo-
pathic Medical Society :
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States,
hi Congress assembled:
The Massachusetts Homoeopathic Medical Society beg leave to
state, that from New England alone petitions for the admission of
Homoeopathic Surgeons into the Army and Navy have recently
been presented to Congress, signed by more than thirty thousand
legal voters, embracing a large number of persons in high official
position, persons eminent for intelligence, respectability and
wealth, and representing all classes and interests of society. Nu-
merously signed petitions of a similar character have been pre-
sented from other sections of the loyal States, and also from
various regiments now in the service of the Government.
This Society would further represent, that Homoeopathy is a
well-tried and demonstrated system of medical practice, based upon
an established law of nature, and has stood the test of rigid and
accurate observation in Europe and in this country, in public
institutions and in private practice, among the most discriminating
and conservative classes, and is now fully established in the confi-
dence of every intelligent community :— That in Europe it has no
less than twelve hospitals, and numerous dispensaries, and in this
country is practiced by more than three thousand five hundred
educated physicians, has five legally authorized Medical Colleges,
and supports several hospitals and dispensaries:— That J lomceo-
pathy is, by the action of various Medical Boards, virtually ex-
eluded from the Army. The Medical Commission of Massachu-
setts has by vote declared, that it cannot recommend any surgeons
believing in it ; the Medical Commissions of other States have in
a discourteous manner refused to examine Homoeopathic Surgeons ;
and the Army Medical Board at Washington has sedulously en-
deavored to exclude from the Army all Homoeopathic Surgeons,
and from the Army Hospitals all Homoeopathic practice.
And as, in many of the regiments now in the service, a large
number have been accustomed to, and prefer Homoeopathic treat-
ment, therefore, this Society respectfully and earnestly request
Congress to make such provision as shall meet the wants of this
class, and would recommend the following propositions : —
1st. Whenever any considerable portion of the officers and
soldiers of any brigade desire to have a Homoeopathic Surgeon
attached to the brigade, such additional Surgeon shall be appointed.
2d. Whenever a majority in any regiment desire a Homoeopathic
Surgeon and Assistant Surgeon, such appointments shall be made.
3d. Wherever Army Hospitals are established, a fair proportion
of them shall be devoted to Homoeopathic treatment.
4th. As allopathic surgeons are by their education and position
Decessaiily disqualified for intelligently examining candidates in
Homoeopathic medicine, an additional Examining Board shall be
appointed for this purpose, composed of surgeons skilled in Ho-
As in this emergency of our country the utmost catholicity is
very justly and properly allowed in all the religious and political
appointments of the army, this Society deem it in the highest
degree intolerant to exclude thoroughly educated and competent
Homoeopathic surgeons, whose appointment would, by exciting
emulation, naturally serve to elevate the standard of medical skill,
and secure for the soldiers increased care and attention.
Resolved, That a copy of the above statement be sent to Hon.
Henry Wilson of the United States Senate, and Hon. B. F.Thom-
as of the House of Representatives, with the request that it be
presented to both Houses of Congress.
II. Miami Horn. Med. Association.
Whereas, The exclusion of Homoeopathic physicians from the
army and navy of the United States being illegal and unjust, and
thus violating every principle of humanity, by forcing a system of
medical practice upon those who utterly discard and refuse the
same when at home, and thereby preventing a large class of intel-
ligent, and competent surgeons from engaging in this important
department of practice ; and
Whereas, Our friends at home and in the army and navy are
feeling indignant at the injustice of such illegal arrangement, we,
the members of the Miami Homoeopathic Medical Association, do
present to the Western Institute of Homoeopathy the following
resolutions, expressing the sentiments and feelings of the Homoeo-
pathic physicians of this great valley :
Resolved, That the Homoeopathic physicians of the United
States do, in a body, join in one loud and solemn protest against
the continuation of such injustice; and that we in a suitable doc-
ument appeal to the proper authorities that we be granted a d*ue
proportion of the medical and surgical practice in the army and
navy of the United States, during the present war, and for all
time to come.
Resolved, That we deem this just to our friends, who are ex-
posing themselves to extreme dangers, and who, will call us to an
account fo'r our apparent silence, unless we act with energy, per-
severance and power.
III. Western Institute of Homcepathy.
In view of the comparatively superior benefits to suffering
humanity that follow the introduction of the Homoeopathic sys-
tem of medicine, wherever it has been practiced, and
Whereas, The brave defenders of our common nationality
demand of the government all the means and appliances that the
most enlightened and progressive medical practice can bestow, in
consideration for the risk to health and limb that is cheerfully
yielded for the preservation and perpetuation of our national exist-
Be it Resolved, That the Western Institute of Homoeopathy
does hereby pledge itself to use all due diligence and effort to
secure to the army and navy of the United States the introduc-
tion of this beneficent system of practice.
The passage of the resolutions was strenuously urged by Drs.
Franklin, Long, Pratt, Douglas, Belding, Hale, Small and others,
who were very earnest in their denunciation of the allopathic phy-
sicians, and the policy of the administration that excludes Ho-
moeopathic physicians from the army and navy.
The resolution* offered by Dr. Franklin were then unanimously
Dr. Franklin moved that a committee of three, members of
the Institute, be chosen to take general charge of this matter ;
and that the committee have power to appoint sub-committees in
every State, city and town throughout the country.
The motion was unanimously carried, and Drs. E. C. Franklin,
of St. Louis, G. D. Beebe, of Chicago, and S. R. Beckwith, ot
Cleveland, were chosen as such committee.
IV. Horn. Med. Society State of New York.
Resolved, Thai the Homoeopathic Medical Society of the State
of New York would respectfully urge upon Congress the import-
ance of passing a bill, at its present session, making Homoeopathic
physicians equally eligible with other practitioners for the appoint-
ment of surgeons in the army and navy, for the following reasons:
1. T/ir extensive diffusion and general recogniton af Homoeop-
Ilomu'opathy is now practiced in all portions of the civilized
world; Homoeopathic journals are published in almost all European
languages; Homoeopathic hospitals and dispensaries are acknow-
ledged and supported by governments in various countries in Eu-
rope, and many of these countries have sanctioned and encouraged
this mode of practice by special legislative enactments ; it has its
professors in European universities, and its numerous court physi-
cians at continental courts, and while almost unknown at the com-
mencement of this century, has since been spreading with a ra-
pidity unparalleled in the history of medicine. Homoeopathy has
also for many years been generally known in this country, and
now numbers its practitioners by thousands, and its adherents by
millions, a very large proportion of whom are among the most
intelligent and wealthy classes in every community in the loyal
States, whose means and influence are now given to the adminis-
tration in all its measures.
2. As an act of justice to a large number of soldiers in the
army and navy, u;ho prefer the Homeopathic treatment.
Many thousands of our citizens who arc accustomed to Homoeo-
pathic treatment are enlisted in the regular and volunteer forces,
and consider it one of the most severe privations of the service
that they are prevented from enjoying the benefits of this humane
method of treatment. While these citizens are deovoting their
lives to the service of their country, in this her hour of peril, they
have a right to ask that, when stricken down by disease or casu-
alty, they may have that system of practice in which alone they
3. On account of the far larger percentage of cures in all hos-
pital diseases under the Homoeopathic than under the Allop>athic
The most reliable stattctics have shown that the average mor-
tality of hospital disease is only six per cent, under Homoeopathic,
while it amounts to ten per cent, under Allopathic treatment,
and that the proportion of deaths from inflammation of the lungs
is three times as great, and that from typhus fever twice as great
under Allopathic treatment as it is under Homoeopathic ; and,
that even of those who do recover under the former, the duration of
disease is far longer than under the latter. Is it then of no impor-
tance that four out of every ten of our brave soldiers, who now
die, might be saved ?
4. On account of the recognized legal status of Homoeopathy
in the several States.
The Homoeopathic profession has in most, if not in all the loyal
States, the same recognized legal status as the Allopathic, is com-
posed of equally well qualified and well educated physicians —
graduates of legally incorporated medical colleges, most of whom
were formerly practitioners in, and are now converts from, the
Allopathic school. To the knowledge of Allopathy thus acquired,
they have merely superadded a knowledge of Homoeopathy, and
believing the latter the more successful method, choose to prac-
tice it. The States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois
and Missouri, have each Homoeopathic colleges within their limits,
incorporated by their respective Legislatures with all the rights
of Allopathic colleges, including the privilege of conferring diplo-
mas on their graduates, entitling them to practice medicine and
surgery. Under State laws, therefore, Homoeopathists are equally
eligible to all appointments within the gift of the government as
other physicians. There is no more valid reason for any discrim-
ination in favor of the Allopathic, and adverse to the Homoeo-
pathic profession in respect to appointments in the army and navy,
than there would be in refusing a chaplain a commission because
not a member of a particular religious sect.
5. It will elevate the standard of medical skill in the army and
The introduction of Homoeopathy will afford the country an
opportunity of witnessing the benefits of this mode of treatment
as compared with that now employed ; and, by creating a gen-
erous emulation, will elevate the standard of medical skill, and
cause a better system of practice to prevail even in that portion
of the army which remains under the mode of treatment at
present in use.